Ursula K. Le Guin

  1. Hugh

    Hugh Well-Known Member

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    The books that truly stand out for me are the Earthsea Trilogy. It’s difficult writing today to find words to describe just how important these books were to myself and people that I knew in the late 70s and 80s. Despite their simplicity they seemed to express deep truths of our inner world, in a way that no other books have for me, before or since. I was particularly taken with the third book with its acceptance of human frailty, much like the ending of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Even now, many years later, as I struggle to reconnect with the experience of that time, I feel these books as friendly oases within myself.

    I regret not having attended the book signing in London for Tehanu, the fourth book. I could easily have rearranged commitments. A friend went: when she was in front of Ursula getting her book signed she said “I just want to say thank you”. I thought that was great. I devoured that book and to my bemusement was left shocked and perplexed by it. Maybe ten years later I read it again and wondered what on earth I’d been shocked about: in the intervening years I’d got older and become accepting of the truths that the story embodies.

    I do not remember the fifth and sixth so well, and have not looked at them since first reading. I recall “The Other Wind” as a re-visioning of the Earthsea world to accommodate her ever-deepening perspective on Taoism. I will look at them again.

    Frustratingly I cannot find my copy of her translation of the Tao Te Ching. In her introduction I’m sure she wrote of how she’d always loved this book, that her father had selected a chapter from it to be read at his funeral, and she was wondering which chapter she’d choose for her own funeral. I’d like to know which one she chose.

    A truly great individual who has enriched my world immeasurably.
     
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  2. Randy M.

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    I can understand that. For me, much of what I recall and need to revisit are her short stories. I've found the variety and breadth wonderful and amazing, even though I've read relatively few of the dozens she wrote.

    Such a sad day when a such a cultured, knowledgeable, witty voice for rationality is stilled.


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  4. CTRandall

    CTRandall I have my very own plant pot!

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    Margaret Atwood wrote a wonderful obituary today in the Guardian. Worth a look at.
     
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  5. Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    Agreed. Great Tribute
     
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  6. The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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  7. AlexH

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    Oh no. :( I remember her thoughts on life and writing more than her stories I've read up to now, and what great thoughts they were. She stood up for what she believed in, was generous with her advice to other writers and not afraid to voice her opinion. We could probably all learn a lot from those traits.

    I was upset that the Earthsea film didn't do her justice, though did enjoy the TV series many years ago, which I was thinking of rewatching.
     
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  9. biodroid

    biodroid Expensive Gadget User

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    Sad news, I read A Wizard of Earthsea as a set book for school 25 years ago and remember liking it.
     
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  10. Stephen Palmer

    Stephen Palmer author of novels

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    RIP Ursula Le Guin. A marvellous author, and an inspiring woman for various pro-human issues.
    LOts of excellent coverage online, I was pleased to see.
     
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  11. BAYLOR

    BAYLOR There Are Always new Things to Learn.

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    I read the fist three Earth Sea novels , wonderful stuff.

    She was a great writer. :(
     
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